Congratulations on getting yourself a human’s best friend. The excitement of getting a dog never wears off no matter how many dogs you’ve owned and trained. If you’re a first-time dog owner, you’ll start to understand bit-by-bit why people adore them so much and basically treat them like their kids. We know it looks very overwhelming at first when you’re still grasping at straws to know what your dog needs and the different strategies you should follow to train them correctly.
But just like anything, owning dogs has a learning curve and everyone was here at some point or another. A quick stroll down at a pet store would probably give you a headache as you may not know what kind of supplies you need for your dog. You wish you could just buy them all but you, and most people for that matter, can’t afford it. The experience of reading about the different supplies and essentials your dog needs are very informative and fun; you learn more about your dog as you’re looking for what’s suitable for it.
In this guide, we’ll be presenting you with the list that we believe contains the highest priority essentials your dog should have.
A dog harness is one of the most important items you should get if your dog is fairly young. They may mean no harm, but little puppies or even full-grown dogs can jump at everyone and anyone they see. You don’t want to keep pulling your dog from the neck midair or apply too much force on their bones to stop them from running all over the place and jumping on people in excitement. Little puppies are known to get entangled in almost everything making a harness one of the high-priority essentials. If you have a dog that simply loves to pull on the leash, it will probably take you a while to get used to it. It’s quite recommended to get a no pull dog hardness as a standard harness may not do the trick. You want a harness that can keep you under control while making sure your dog is completely safe.
If there’s an item that no single dog owner out there would ever dispute its necessity it’s the collar. Everyone should know that this dog is your pet/best friend and that it’s under your leadership/guidance. When it comes to shopping for collars, you’ll be dazzled with the huge variety that’s available if this is your first collar-shopping experience. Always keep in mind that your dog may wear this collar for a long time, so the first factor you should consider is the durability. The most important step in choosing a collar is making sure that it fits naturally while leaving enough room to fit at least one or two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck. A new dog participates in a lot of vigilante activities on its own and it could affect the collar’s strength and durability. If you have a pool or take your dog out for swimming a lot, a waterproof collar can be right up your alley. Reflective collars are known to be the choice of those who like to enjoy the night’s breeze while strolling with their dogs. If you’d like to be a bit on the safe side, collars with tracking features can make you sleep at night knowing that you’re able to know your dog’s whereabouts at all times.
Walking your dog is one of the most fun activities that you can do with your dog, and it’s naturally the most bonding one. The physical stimulation isn’t the only thing a dog gets out for a walk, but also mental stimulation. If your dog isn’t trained to explore and have adventures with you without a leash, then you definitely need to find yourself a good leash. Naturally, you should go for a leash that is very controllable in your hands while being completely comfortable for the dog. The most popular leashes are about 4 to 6 feet long; it’s best to use a leash with an adjustable length to get the optimum feel for your dog’s movement. Keeping a spare leash with you is always recommended as leashes sometimes get lost or torn.
The holy grail of training your dog and making it into a full-fledged gentleman or lady is by using treats. Just like humans every puppy or full-grown dog has its preference when it comes to treats. Instead of feeling overwhelmed you should feel lucky that there are tons of organic and preservative-free treats to try with your dog. While no one can give you a piece of exact advice on which treat your dog would like, the trial and error process is usually the most fun process. You get to see different reactions from your dog every time it gets a treat. It’s also recommended to use different treats for different occasions be able to help your dog keep track of situations. Training treats are usually used for instilling obedience and getting your dog more familiar with potty training. Random treats for random moments of love should be different from training treats.
The more you look at your dog the more you’ll realize that you want to make it as happy as possible. Just like a dog would have your back in any given situation, you should also make sure to provide it with safety, comfort, convenience, and security.